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A Privilege — 

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An Opportunity 

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Indescribable attractiveness 

is found along Green River, 

which flows in graceful curvings 

across the proposed Mammoth 

Cave National Park area. With 

this lovely stream and the other 

surface features supplementing the 

cave attractions, the number of tourist 

visitors will show an amazing growth. 

Within a brief period they will reach 

500,000 a year, and their annual spendings 

in Kentucky will be #100,000,000. Of the 

nineteen National Parks now maintained 

and developed by the Federal Government, # 

all but one are in the West. Because of proximity to the great 

population centers, Mammoth Cave National Park will soon 

reach the peak of importance among regions of this classification, 

both in interest and popularity. 






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The Bee Hive, in Pearly Pool, Colossal Cavern, is of stal- 
agmitic onyx. One could spend a year examining beautiful 
and amazing creations in the caves of the National Park 
area, and still not see them all. By presenting Mammoth 
Cave National Park to the Nation, Kentuckians will be 
performing a greater service to their state. The tourist 
travel will not be temporary, but a perpetually growing 
condition. Many tourists will remain in Kentucky as 
permanent residents and investors. 



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Three hundred and sixty feet below the \ \ v,-/ 

surface of the earth in Mammoth Cave V "7'C 

flows Echo River, centuries old, yet younger ^\ 

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on the upper levels of the caves. The growth \/^?^\ 

of tourist travel to other National Parks of our ([ 7 ; ;:;V 

land has ranged from 900 to 6,000 per cent during " — ::: " £ 

their status as national parks. Thus, through the experiences 
of others, may the value of a National Park to Kentucky be 
estimated. An increase of 900 per cent would mean more than 
half a million tourists a year to Kentucky. 






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Inviting woodlands, 
tracts of virgin tim- 
ber, clear- running streams, 
pleasant groves and fields 
will all appeal to lovers of 

things out-of-doors. The area is to embrace 70,618 
acres. The government will improve its National Park, , 
so that it will offer a convenient place of amusement 
for the great influx of tourists. Adequate hotels, 
good roads, camping sites and other comfort-giving 
attractions will be placed there to make the visitor's 
stay enjoyable. 



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A region of undulating hills, interesting to the 
geologist and irresistible to the vacationist, 
contributes a variety of phases to the proposed 
park. There are many wonderful caves in the 
area, including Mammoth, Great Onyx, New En- 
trance, Salts, GreatCrystal, Cave of The Hundred 
Domes, Colossal, Diamond Cave, and approxi- 
mately 20 others worthy of particular attention. 
Every region in Kentucky will benefit from the 
success of the project. Traveling to and from 
Mammoth Cave National Park, tourists will 
visit the innumerable points of interest that 
the state possesses. Thus every region will share 
in the progress which shall visit all Kentucky. 




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Side Saddle Pit, in Mammoth Cave, is one of innumer- 
able "bottomless pits," domes and other spectacular 
rock carvings that are nature's handiwork in the great 
caverns. Virginia, with the Shenandoah National Park 
activity, is an example of the good that will come to 
Kentucky from Mammoth Cave National Park. Virginia's 
receipts from gasoline tax alone in August of 1927, exceeded 
those of the same month a year previous by #500,000. The 
money spent to secure Kentucky's National Park will be 
but a small investment compared to the enormous returns. 






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The lands of the 
surface, as well as 
underground, are of 
awe-inspiring beauty 
and interest. Within a day's ride of 76,000,000 people 
who reside in the easily accessible portions of the East 
and Middle West, Kentucky's National Park will be a 
wonderful central magnet, drawing hundreds of thousands 
of eager recreation seekers from every direction. 




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Dream Cities of translucent, multi-colored 
onyx such as that shown above in Great 
Onyx Cave, are among the amazing sights of 
the Mammoth Cave National Park region. 
United States Congress, in approving the area's 
acceptance as a National Park, has officially admitted 
its worthiness for classification with Grand Canyon, 
Sequoia, Rocky Mountain, Yosemite, Yellowstone 
and the other natural marvels of our land. 



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Exquisite designs of gypsum as well aS onyx form 
veritable inverted flower gardens upon the ceilings 
of caves of the National Park region. That shown 
above is from Great Crystal Cave. The proposed 
park is in a climate so moderate that it will be a 
pleasant place to visit every month of the year, and 
the caves may be entered any hour of the day or 
night. Thus it will have a tremendous advantage 
over all other National Parks. 



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Palisades rivalling in impressive and picturesque 
loveliness any found elsewhere in the world line 
the river banks. Mammoth Cave National Park 
will be a region of uncountable nature given 
assets. As the tourists come their spendings 
will provide the funds for many public improve- 
ments in the state. Good roads throughout 
Kentucky will be one of the direct benefits. 
New world contact, new population, sus- 
tained interest in Kentucky by its present 
citizenship, and advancement of many 
kinds will develop as the fame of 
Kentucky's great possession grows. 



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The River Styx, emerging from its silent, 
mysterious, subterranean passage through 
Mammoth Cave, finds a sunlit, rock-bound 
bower of floral beauty as it empties into 
Green River. The people of America are 
spending three billion dollars annually for recreation out 
of doors. Kentucky is seeking its fair share of this tremen- 
dous sum in planning full use for its greatest natural asset. 







The Elephant 
Heads in Mam- 
moth Cave are 
an amazing sight. Count- 
less visitors from near and 
far will find pleasure in them and in the 
innumerable other strange phases of the 
cavern region. The one hundred million 
dollars a year tourists will spend in Ken- 
tucky as a result of the National Park is 
equivalent to the return on an invest- 
ment of one billion, eight hundred 
million dollars. Yet the actual invest- 
ment for Kentuckians will be only two 
and a half million dollars. 





















Mammoth Cave, the 

entrance to which is shown 

above, is known around the 

globe as one of the seven wonders 

of the world. Yet it is only one of 

many, many marvelous caverns of the 

proposed National Park. Every cave is 

different from every other. Their beauties 

and varieties neither can be described nor 

estimated. Their preservation as a state 

and national asset, requiring the assistance 

of every man and woman in Kentucky, is 

a claim upon state pride as well as upon 

sound business judgment. 



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Mammoth Cave National Park will be 
the only national park having within it 
navigable streams. The depth of Green 
and Nolin Rivers is 80 feet. These are 
said to be the deepest rivers for their 
length in the world. The two and a half 
million dollars necessary to consummate the 
National Park plan must come through 
public contribution, for the Federal govern- 
ment is not permitted to appropriate funds 
for such a purpose. All National Parks have 
been presented to our government. 



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Get it, K entu cky 

This is a time for resolute commitment to 
the greatest cause for future progress that 
has ever been placed before our state. This 
is a time for liberal giving. Can any loyal 
and sincere Kentuckian withold his aid when 
his state's greatest opportunity for advance- 
ment is within grasp ? Sustain Kentucky's 
traditional honor of achievement. Maintain 
her pride in recognizing and accomplishing 
the thing worth-while that remains to be done. 
Mammoth Cave National Park is a project 
far-sighted. It is an investment, rather than 
merely a gift, and a perpetual endowment for 
our children, and for their children. It is a 
task for loyal, patriotic, forward-looking men 
and women. What greater appeal can be 
made than to say — your state needs you now. 



Mammoth Cave National Park Association 

Martin Brown Building 
Louisville j Kentucky 






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